My life changed dramatically and forever when I lost TJ.

I welcome you to follow along as I adjust to my "new normal".

It is not all puppies and ice cream but it is my life....real and honest.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Standing Up Again....

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." ~ Henri Nouwen

Yeah, well, I haven't been very good at the above lately. As you all know I have been suspiciously missing from twitter and blogging. Many, many thanks to those of you who called or emailed to check on me.

I took another hit, but this time I choose to not complain publicly about it. I drew inward and worked it out in my head. I choose the old adage "if you don't have anything good to say then don't say anything at all".

But, with a smile on my face, I can honestly say that I am back and I can't wait to see what my wonderful blogging friends have been up to. I am afraid to jinx it, but with extreme caution I will say that once again my life is pretty darn good.

I have even managed to stumble upon some very unexpected joy in my life (no, I have not adopted another dog!). I took a leap of faith and said “yes” to something I wasn’t sure about. I am still not sure. I can tell you though that unexpected joy is sometimes the most satisfying.

“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks”. ~ Samuel Johnson


  1. i hope your joy is greater than expected - or not expected, as the case may be! :)

  2. I hope your leap brings fantastic things. I did notice your absence, and was hoping all was well.

  3. Welcome back, Sandy. Nice to see you in a happy place - and I love the hint of mystery!

    Hope you have a lovely Easter.

  4. i've missed you. i am sorry you "took a hit" but am happy to see you back. and you've stumbled upon some unexpected joy. i await with anticipation for when you reveal your "yes." i wish you nothing but peace and happiness. have to have peace before the happiness can be found.

    love to you.
    ~ Bunny

  5. Sandy

    I am very glad that you are well.


  6. Hi Sandy! So glad you're back and things are going better. Of course my curious mind wants to know about the mysterious leap of faith. Whatever it was or is, I'm happy for you. Wishing you the very best always!

  7. Nice to see you back again.

  8. I've been sick since February so I had no idea you were missing. I'm getting better now and am participating in the A to Z Challenge, writing about Sweden and its customs. I am so glad that you are doing well again. The quote on top about Joy is so true. I wish everyone would understand that's how it works in life.

  9. Hi Sandy, yesterday I checked to see whether i was missing your posts or just you were not posting. Thank you for coming back.

  10. Sandy,
    I've miss YOU <3

    Tell me more about what is happening in your life Xxx

  11. I have missed you Sandy, and I'm glad you're back. Good for you for doing what you needed and taking some time away. I've been going through a rough patch too ... it's never any fun, that is for sure. You are always in my prayers! Oh, and yay for yes:)


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